Local farmer encourages the North-east to get dressed up

Owner and managing director of The Store, Andrew Booth, and vintage tractor enthusiast, Gary Norrie.
Owner and managing director of The Store, Andrew Booth, and vintage tractor enthusiast, Gary Norrie.

An Aberdeenshire farm has launched a competition to find the best-dressed farmer in the North-east.

The Store, a family run farm in Foveran, near Ellon, is hosting its annual Harvest Open Day with a twist this year, encouraging visitors to dress up as a farmer, in a bid to be celebrate the 2014 harvest season.

The farm and farm store, which rears its own Aberdeen Angus cattle as well as growing crops, will be hosting its Harvest Open Day on Sunday, September 7 (tomorrow) to coincide with Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (September 6 - 21), and will be on the look out for both young and old visitors with the most classic and quintessential farming attire.

The popular event, the only of its kind in the North-east, attracts hundreds of visitors every year, and will give children and adults a unique insight into harvesting in the North-east over the last five decades, with a selection vintage machinery and modern technology.

Visitors will also get the chance to explore the farm, with live working demonstrations by Farmer Booth and his harvest team, showcasing the differences in vintage and modern equipment used on the farm.

Visitors will also be able to get a taste of the quality Aberdeen Angus beef produce that The Store hand-rears at its farm, with a BBQ and hog roast on-site.

Andrew Booth, owner and managing director of The Store, said: “The harvest season is one of our busiest times of year, but I wanted to do something different and fun with our yearly Harvest Open Day this time round.

“After finding inspiration from the Channel 4 programme, First Time Farmers, and with a new generation of farmers coming through, I decided that I wanted to encourage everyone to don the most clichéd farming clothes from the dungarees and checked shirts to boiler suits, wellies and tweed jackets to celebrate the farming industry.

“It’s really important to educate children about where their food comes from and also the traceability of it. Our open day will provide a real insight into farming life and also help to inform all ages about the importance of local produce.

“I also have to thank Gary Norrie of Rococo hair design based at The Store, a vintage tractor enthusiast for organising the vintage aspect of the Open Day. It is always a popular event and hopefully we will have the weather on our side so all of the family can enjoy the day.”

The family fun day is a free event and will run from 11am to 3pm, with demonstrations beginning at 11am and all ages are welcome to participate in the activities on the day.

To find out more about the Harvest Open Day and The Store, visit www.thestorecompany.co.uk or the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TheStoreFoveran. Visitors are advised to dress for the weather.

The Store is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm and has its own farm shop and deli, kitchen and coffee shop on-site.